Mobility Optimization via Enhanced Robotic Sensing (MOVERS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-12-C-0001
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5089
Amount: $749,762.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11a-T033
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
Robotic Research LLC
555 Quince Orchard Road, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD, -
DUNS: 121257443
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Karl Kluge
 Senior Engineer
 (240) 631-0008
Business Contact
 Alberto Lacaze
Title: President
Phone: (970) 778-2353
Research Institution
 Jet Propulsion Laboratory
 Douglas Gilbertson
 4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA, 91109-8001
 (818) 393-3458
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Mobility Optimization via Enhanced Robotic Sensing (MOVERS) is being developed by Robotic Research, LLC and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology. This Phase II STTR will further develop autonomous terrain classification and driving control systems that enable medical robots and mobility assist devices to safely negotiate various types of terrain. Applications include casualty assessment/extraction robots, chem/bio-hazard detection robots, and electric-powered wheelchairs. The resulting product will be a platform-independent system consisting of a sensor package and associated processor that will interface to control a wheeled robot or automated vehicle. For the commercial market this technology will allow for a driver's aid to assist with better off-road driving, such as allowing a wheelchair to move through a slippery, muddy road more elegantly and safely, using its own momentum for a smarter navigation solution. The MOVERS technology will also apply to commercial vehicles, such as lumber trucks, mining, or construction heavy equipment vehicles.

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